Sumeet Vyas Takes the Director’s Chair for SonyLIV’s New Show ‘Raat Jawaan Hai’


The digital entertainment landscape is set to welcome a new entrant with the announcement from streaming giant SonyLIV about its upcoming show, “Raat Jawaan Hai.” The series boasts a unique pedigree, not just for its storytelling but also as the directorial debut in the format of a full-fledged series by Sumeet Vyas, an actor with a formidable repertoire in the Indian web series domain.

Sumeet Vyas, whose noteworthy performances have graced series like “Permanent Roommates” and “Tripling,” as well as the Bollywood hit “Veere Di Wedding,” is expanding his horizons to helm the upcoming SonyLIV series. Although Vyas is no stranger to the director’s chair, having directed the short film “Haircut” in 2014 and the recent miniseries “Tankesh Diaries” in 2023, “Raat Jawaan Hai” marks his inaugural venture into directing a comprehensive series.

The show promises to bring a fresh narrative to the streaming platform, focusing on themes of friendship, parenthood, and the vicissitudes of modern life, all while interweaving moments of warmth and camaraderie. The cast headlining this promising venture includes Barun Sobti, Anjali Anand, and Priya Bapat, whose combined talent is anticipated to breathe life into the project’s heartfelt script.

Production for “Raat Jawaan Hai” is already underway, personifying the excitement and the creative energy that SonyLIV has come to be known for in its original content. In a statement regarding the show, Vyas, at 40, conveys a profound message through the series’ narrative, saying, “There is a tendency of the world to think of parenting as the end of youth. ‘Raat Jawaan Hai’ refutes this theory.” According to him, the series portrays the story of three friends striving to maintain their friendship, individuality, and penchant for fun, even as they navigate the complexities of parenthood.

The series is a testament not just to storytelling but also to the infectious energy that a cast and crew can bring to a project. Vyas highlights the positive atmosphere on set stating, “The spirit of the show is shining bright even on the set with Barun, Anjali and Priya. We are having the best time on set, all three of them are such fun people to work with.” He acknowledges that their vibrant presence translates into a “carnival of laughter,” which is likely to resonate deeply with audiences, adding an intangible quality that often sets successful series apart.

Yamini Pictures Private Limited is backing “Raat Jawaan Hai,” adding to the ensemble of visual storytelling experiences the production company is known for. This move by SonyLIV reflects an evolving entertainment industry where established actors are transitioning behind the camera to lend their insights and experiences to create engaging and dynamic content.

The show’s announcement comes at a time when the Indian digital streaming industry is experiencing a boom, with platforms seeking to differentiate themselves with diverse and high-quality original content. “Raat Jawaan Hai” fits neatly into this paradigm, promising a narrative that’s rooted in realism and the shared experiences of those juggling the paradoxes of life. With its contemporary themes, the show is likely to appeal to a wide demographic that appreciates nuanced storytelling that is both relatable and entertaining.

As Vyas prepares to transition from actor to director on this ambitious project, audiences can only wait with bated breath for the release of “Raat Jawaan Hai” on SonyLIV. The show’s unique take on age-old themes could very well set new trends within Indian web series productions and contribute to the ever-growing landscape of digital storytelling.

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